While the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start from April 9 and most players already have their respective camps, South African players would likely miss the opening matches of the flagship event.
Proteas cricketers namely Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and David Miller are all named to the South Africa squad for the One Day three-game international series against Pakistan, from April 2.
Despite the ODI series ending on April 7, players will need to serve the mandatory seven-day quarantine period in India before joining their respective teams. Quarantine restrictions were imposed by the BCCI and as a result Proteas players will miss the action for the first few days. If they are moved directly from one bio-bubble to another, they may not have to undergo strict quarantine for seven days.
Proteas point guard Lungi Ngidi would arrive in India on April 5 and miss the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener against the Delhi Capitals on April 10, CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan has revealed.
“Ngidi will not join the team until after April 5. Ngidi will have to follow the same guidelines as the others and will be quarantined upon arrival. Therefore, he will not be available for selection for the opener.” , said Kasi Vishwanathan. say by InsideSport.
It also means that the Mumbai Indians (MI) have a great chance of playing their inaugural match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) without the services of Quinton de Kock. However, the MI team will not be affected much.
As for Rabada and Nortje, the duo are an integral part of the Delhi Capitals (DC) bowling lineup. The ferociously paced duo were one of the main reasons DC reached the 2020 IPL Finals.
Regarding the IPL, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to host the 14th edition in India from April 9 to May 30 at six venues – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata .